Over the coming months multiple factors will change the way we view team needs and prospective draft selections. One major factor will be March 9th when free agency officially begins at 4 PM ET, and teams begin filling roster holes. I have pegged five potential free agents who could shake up the first round and explained why below.
Remember, at this point in the process most information is just a smokescreen and this is just one’s opinion. Please feel free to comment and discuss below.
Alshon Jeffery WR
Alshon Jeffery is a true #1 receiver that is set to hit the market after injuries and last seasons suspension. When he sees the field his talented is undeniable and a team looking for that big bodied receiver can do much worse than bringing in Jeffery. Multiple teams in the top 15 could use a talent like Jeffery including potential Mike Williams landing spots of the Titans, Bills and Eagles.
Signs with the Titans
Kirk Cousins QB
If the Redskins are not able to resign or franchise tag Cousins, there will be multiple teams flush with cash ready to make him an offer. The most logical team would be the 49ers who are coached by Cousins’ former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Bringing in Cousins would give the team their starting quarterback and leader who knows the system, allowing the team to look elsewhere in the draft. This one signing alone could lead to a positional drop allowing some top quarterbacks to slide into the mid rounds.
Resigns with the Redskins
Melvin Ingram EDGE
After suffering through injuries in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Ingram has stayed healthy the last two seasons raking up 18.5 sacks over that span. Edge rushers hitting their prime don’t often hit the market and if the Chargers allow Ingram to walk he will cash in from a pass rush needy team. One such team that could use a splashy signing on the defensive side is the Colts. This would allow them to go after other defensive positions in the first round possible assisting in some top talent falling into the second round.
Signs with the Colts
Mike Glennon QB
Through four seasons Glennon has appeared in 21 games with a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio. Before the Bucs made the right call in drafting Jameis Winston in the 2014 draft, Glennon was a decent starter for a lackluster team in his rookie season. After a few more years of learning the way of the NFL there should be numerous teams in search of someone to bring in to compete for a starting job. Teams like the Jets, Bears and Bills could look Glennon’s way come March.
Signs with the Jets
A.J. Bouye CB
The former undrafted defensive back out of Central Florida had a breakout year in 2016. He couldn’t have chosen a better year to do so then a contract season where he looks to cash in this offseason. With teams always looking for a talented cornerback and such a deep draft for the position, depending on who signs Bouye, we could see a fall for a number of top prospects.
Signs with the Raiders